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Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
the first black president of south africa and barack obama first black president of the united states. >> there is no question about that. the fact that president obama's father was from kenya, he feels a bond to the continent of africa as well. south africa is the most important economy. remembering, you know, the colonial africa went through a serial process of nations achieving their independence but the last on that list was south africa because the grip of the white national's government was so strong and the stakes were so high tremendously longer than it did places like kenya where president obama's father hailed from. a lot of emotion today from this president and i think you can expect him to point to the example of mandela as an example of statesmanship. but especially to our country which is so bitterly divided right now. >> this is truly a moment to highlight the importance of these new paths in history, of important people making brave new paths for the people. not only did the president do it, but he can also say take a look at nelson mandela and use it as a moment, so t
CNBC
Dec 6, 2013 4:00am EST
black president. and in 2011, he was paid a visit in south africa by first lady michelle obama who brought along first daughters malia and sasha. admired around the world and revered at home, nelson mandela's south africa embraced a future and he leaves a legacy of freedom and proof that one life can make a difference. >> we are one country. we are one people. >> let's just take a look at the johannesburg stock market. we saw in the past half an hour, there was a five-minute pause to trade to go mark mandela's passing. it's been one of the stronger performers so far this year, 13 plus percent the size of the gains. the currency, the opposite story that we've seen pressure on the south african rand of late. dollar/rand rates are up, which means the rand has been down 24% so far this year. we've seen further gains extended across the xetra dax. still a couple hundred points as what we had in november. but 0.4% on the ftse. the cac extending its gain now with the ftse. but this is nonfarm payrolls. the market is very much looking to see what the jobs number is going to be out of the s
CNBC
Dec 5, 2013 7:00pm EST
that president obama had held out in 2004 at that famous convention speech of bringing south africa together, adopting a policy of reconciliation at a time when there was such tremendous bitterness built up over decades and decades of conflict. it was a titanic achievement for a leader, for a statesman, and that's why so many people looked up to nelson mandela. >> you know, as you pointed out earlier today, one of the remarkable things in his epic life is when he came to power, he was a man without spite or -- though he certainly must have had some anger, he did not act upon that anger. he was a conciliator. he brought people from the former apartheid government into his own circle of advisors and in some cases, opponents into the government there. he was, to my thinking, both his nation's george washington and its abraham lincoln. >> there's no question. you know, the power of the state and the way the state used its power for so long in south africa was so oppressive and it stirred such anger and bitterness and hatred that it is a miracle, really, that you had a leader who was able not to
CNBC
Dec 5, 2013 3:00pm EST
that occurred in sharkville in south africa in 1960. he was jailed after a trial. and then emerged triumphant and somebody that the entire world could look up to. this is -- you can bet that president obama's going to be heard on this before too long. and we've lost somebody that deserves emulation everywhere. >> i don't know, i just want to bring people a little bit of background information here about mandela's condition over the last couple of months. he had been three months in the hospital with the recurrent lun september, originally. but those lung problems attributed to the tuberculosis he contracted during 27 years in prison before he led his country to democracy, subject of many biopics lately. what is your view on his history in south africa and overseas? >> i think he has more stature than anyone around the world with the possible exception of the pope. a lot of continue versy around the current president as well as becky who proceeded him in that job who was nelson mandela's successor. i think this is somebody whose reputation was titanic and the entire world will be mourning. >>
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